Thursday, October 14, 2010

Blog birthday giveaway time!

So this is a pretty exciting week for me -- it's my one-year blog anniversary on Saturday. In honor of that, I wanted to find something that would be a small token of my gratitude for all of you amazing readers. You really have helped make Sidewalk Chalk what it is, and I could not be more grateful for your friendship in the last year.
I spent quite a bit of time looking in local vintage stores for the right thing to give away, because I wanted it to be something chic and a piece that would look fantastic on everyone. Enter this 1960s vintage black saddle handbag.

 It's leather, in the saddle design, and has a snap closure, silver/gold hardware, and three compartments (two open, one a zip-up) on the inside. My favorite feature is the handle, because it has ball-and-socket attachments! It's quite a beautiful, ladylike bag that can be used for everyday, but has enough pretty details to be used for special occasions -- like those holiday parties coming up  soon. Doesn't it look like something from the "Mad Men" prop department?

Love it? Here's how to enter:

1) Leave a comment here explaining how you would style this handbag. Make sure you leave a way to contact you in your comment, either your blog link or an e-mail address. One entry per person. That's it!

This contest is open worldwide, and I'll draw a winner next Friday, October 22 around 5:00 pm est.

Best of luck, and thank you for an amazing year!

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  1. Happy Blog anniversary!! Cute bag.
    We've been away but we're back and we've missed you! Hope you can stop by and check out the latest blog post :)

  2. Congratulations my dear!

    I would style this with a cute 1960s shift dress, and black boots.

    Fingers crossed!

  3. OOO that is so cute! I would style it a million different ways, but I have this pair of modern black boots that would look great paired with a mod dress and this bag. I also am doing Mad Men for Halloween (I know, unoriginal!) and haven't found the perfect 60's bag yet. I'd love to ad this bag to my wardrobe!!

  4. Of course my initial thought is "Wear it with a blazer!" but that is my initial thought on everything.

    Since it is a very structure purse with clean lines, I think I'd go the opposite and pair it with a very flowy top. I have this navy blue tunic-type top from Forever 21 that is covered in red and green and white little flowers. It cinches at the waist which I love as well. I'd pair it with dark blue skinny jeans and my nude flats. Since it's chilly in D.C., I'd top it off with my trench and this bag and I'd be on my way!

    Happy anniversary!

  5. Happy anniversary!
    I would style this beautiful bag with a simple vintage dress, a belt, coloured socks and flat shoes.

  6. Oh thank you so much! What an adorable Bag. mmmh.. I think I would style this beauty with my 1950's dress in Ginger from Modcloth, dotted tights and black kitten heels. Oh that would be dreamlike! xx, Alice :)

  7. Fun! Happy anniversary. I would wear it with black leggings, boots, and a faux fur vest.

  8. OMG that is amazing, I love it.

    I would style it with everything, I think it would go with just about ever outfit I wear haha!
    It's totally my look.

  9. Happy blog=iversary! I can't believe it's been a whole year. I've loved watching your style evolve as you changed jobs and cities.

    I would style this in a contrasting way - I'd probably pair it with my cropped leather jacket, black knee highs and cognac boots. I don't want to be too costumey with a full-on '60s look.

  10. Happy Bloggiversary!

    I have this amazing cape/jacket. It is belted at the waist and is black and white checked (small checks but not quite herringbone). Although it is belted it hits right below the waistline. Black shorter length skirt that hits just about the knee, eggplant purple tights and tall, chucky heeled mary janes. One vintage chunky pin for the cape/jacket. New flair that still shows respect for the era of the purse. Mad Man with punch!
    (my fingers are crossed)

  11. Enter me please! I'd wear this bag with a floral dress and a over the knee boots!

    Ana Belén R.M

  12. I would style this with either a red or gold dress with a black skinny belt and black pair of bandolino shoes, I think this purse will really look great with either one, what do you think? Marie

  13. I would style this with either red or gold dress with a black skinny belt and black pair of bandolino shoes, I think this purse will really look great with either one, what do you think? Marie

  14. Happy 1 year :-)

    I love the bag. I think I'd style it boots, skinny jeans, and a yellow/gray striped shirt with black/gray accessories.

    or a black dress with gray tights.

  15. I can see this bag styled with a mini red dress, black kitten heels and long flowy hair! :)

  16. It's only one year and yet you are soo wise and you are such an expert on blogging!

    Happy Anniversary love! I am so proud of you and so fond of you that I had you in mind shopping tonight!


    Come to Canada soon!


    Win a Banana Republic Statement Necklace at:


  17. Congrats on your blogiversary, lovely JoAnn!!

    I'd style this lovely bag with my Halloween Mad Men costume...I'm going as Midge. :)

  18. Happy one year blog anniversary!!

    I would style this bag with my new dress that has the top half cream lace and the bottom half black, with pockets! Also, some bright tights, a cardigan, and t-strap flats!

  19. I would style this with black tights under cut-off jean shorts rolled up, nude pumps, and a slouchy oversized blazer.
    Love it!

  20. Happy Anniversary dollie!!
    LOVE the bag!!!

  21. Oh I'm such a disaster when it comes to styling. If there's one thing I do know for sure is that a little black dress always comes in handy. An LBD and this bag would make a killer outfit!
    khrisocubillo at yahoo dot com

    PS: Happy birthday to your blog!

  22. I would style it with a black simple dress, but then I would put on some funky jewelry to balance out the conservative vibe with something fun.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

  23. I have this great cream dress with black and tan dots that I have never worn. The purse would look great with it, paired with some black open-toe sling back heels and a pearl necklace. I'm loving it!! I so hope I win :)

  24. Congrats on your blog-iversary Miss JoAnn!
    I can't wait until I've hit a year with mine. :)
    I think I'd style this bag with my super fun blue Anthro dress (the one I'm wearing in all my latest Facebook pics), some grey pumps and this little number. I'm kinda into the muted neutral accessories to go with the bright colors of an outfit lately. :)

  25. Happy anniversary! I think I would wear this bag with my long black boots, black skirt and leopard print top!

  26. Really lovely purse, and happy blogiversary!

    I would probably put it with a very Audrey Hepburn capris and starched white shirt combo, with very small and very bright coordinating silk scarves tied around my neck and tied around the bag handle, where it meets the bag.

    Thanks for the chance to win!


    ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

  27. I would style it with almost all my skirts and dresses all fall and winter long

  28. Happy Blog anniversary! :-)

    This purse is classic. I would wear it to church with a pencil skirt!

  29. I have a killer dress that this bag would look great with!!!

    Great giveaway!!!

    Mallory1031 at gmail dot com

  30. Lovely bag.
    Hmm, I think I'd style it with a simple '60s shift dress and a pair of black leather oxfords.

  31. I would style mine with a stressed out mother, and possibly some sippy cups.....can a bottle of wine fit?

  32. ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(dot)com

    i'd wear it with a pencil skirt and a button down on my way to work!

  33. How fun!
    I would pair this handbag with my high-waisted leopard print pencil skirt and a beaded cardigan!


  34. ohhh so cute!!!

    i would style this with topshop's red ponti shift dress, some black buckle loafers and a cute bow headband placed upon a 1960's beehive :)
    (you can contact me through my blog!)

    such lovely posts, i am following now!


  35. Happy anniversary ^^

    I love contrast, so would style this with a pink Emily temple cute (japanese brand) dress, white thight, black boots and pink nail polish.


  36. I would wear boot cut jeans and a nice shirt and some cool boots. This reminds me of my old purses. Why didn't I keep them?

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  37. i think would go nice with some jeans and a cute short sleeve top with a sweater over it or something. cute and simple.

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

  38. first off, happy 1st birthday to your blog! that is such an accomplishment! :D

    i like this bag very much - i think i'd style it with a cute scarf. :)

    p.s. i've also become a new follower!

    <3, Mimi

  39. Gorgeous bag! I would wear my vintage long wool skirt and a silk shirt with a velvet jacket with this.

    faeriesmak at gmail dot com

  40. I'd wear this with doc martens, lace shirt, and leopard skirt.

  41. I'd wrap a lovely vintage vera scarf around the strap, and wear it with my reto-ish dress and pumps!

    oohmybento [at]gmail[dot]com

  42. Nice!
    I would wear it with a simple white shirt/blouse, a floral skirt, and Oxford shoes. :)

  43. Skinny jeans tucked into riding boots. A white high collared shirt under a red preppy jacket. :)

  44. cngradulations :)
    many, many ways to wear this but my first instinct was..
    pencil skirt + crop top knitted sweater + amethyst geode necklace + vintage boots + this bag = beauty ;)

  45. I'd match it with a vintage argyle cardigan, but I'd use my modern black skinnies, black button top and Doc Martens to modern the look up a bit :)


  46. This would actually go perfect with the black dress that I'm wearing to the wedding. Paired with my caramel sweater, pearls, and some leopard print, I think it would look great!

  47. Happy anniversary!!!

    I would style this incredible bag with a dress. To contrasts its sharp edges, I would pair it with a frilly, colorful dress. I have a red ruffled dress that I think it would look stunning with.

    Then, I would wear a black western inspired belt with the red dress to draw upon some of the themes of the bag. I'd top off the outfit with a pair of black high heels and black long feathered earrings. Just to add a touch of romance to the inspired ensemble!


    writeme at heidimail dot com

  48. i'd pair this bag with my grandmother's vintage velvet skirt and blazer suit set (it fits me perfectly...who would have guessed it) and my own vintage-inpsirted peep toe heels. all in classic black of course! some red lips and liquid eyeliner and i'd be set!


  49. I would style it with a red sheath dress, a black belt and black pumps.

    winit6 at hotmail dot com

  50. A red sheath dress with a little white floral pattern (similar to the one you wore for your senior portraits) comes into mind, but I imagine that too many people would have styled this bag with a Mad Men-ish ensemble like that. So what about a clingy purple tent dress with long dark boots? Add gold earrings and and updo, and I think we may have hit upon something.

  51. Happy Blogversary! :)

    I think I'll wear this with a floral dress and some black boots to go along with it.

    Thanks for the chance! Fingers crossed! :)
    Just Better Together

  52. a pair of jeans-my black boots and a sweater for the cool months

    tiramisu392 (at)

  53. I'd wear this bag to work! Skinny black trousers, oxfords, white button down, grey tweed blazer. Done and done.

  54. Congratulations!!

    I would love to wear this bag, in a vintage outfit where the weather is cloudy and gloomy. I'll strut this with a white long cotton sleeve tuck into a cute flower skirt with a flower on my hair.

  55. This is a beautiful purse and with me not being very stylist it would brighten my day and my jeans.. and kangaroo!

  56. that bag is lovely! I'd wear it with jeans and my black tall boots!

  57. Just found your blog today! Really enjoy your sense of style and love the treasure posts!

    I'd style this bag with dark trouser jeans, a black cardigan with a huge pop of color (baby blue, purple, turq) underneath. Studded earrings and a fun ring. Just bought a pair of kitten heeled mary janes and they are a must too.

    Thanks for the chance to win it!


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